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March 24, 2017
In terms of technology, cities on the road to becoming smart have plenty of options to choose from. Municipal leaders need to weigh these decisions carefully in order to ensure their city’s continued growth, but the right course of action differs from city to city and the answer is never simple.
March 23, 2017
For much of the past half century, St. Louis incurred a gradual decline as residents left the city. Like other urban areas, its population eventually stabilized with the revitalization of its central corridor and more young people moving in and around downtown. But now, the latest Census estimates... read more
March 21, 2017
In the early days of American government, engagement with citizens was composed of letters, spirited speeches at city hall and the occasional revolution. Today, after waning and resurging, waning and resurging, the interactions between people and their government have largely taken a new form.
March 20, 2017
Sacramento's active efforts to streamline installation of 5G networks was likely part of the reason Verizon choose the city for its pilot.
March 15, 2017
The deployment of highly autonomous vehicles (HAVs) is expected to deliver substantial benefits: reduced traffic congestion, decreased emissions, lower-cost of mobility and safer travel. It is crucial for public officials to proactively plan for autonomous vehicles using a data-driven approach... read more
March 14, 2017
A $200 billion investment in the nation's public transportation infrastructure, over a 10-year period, could create and sustain 10 million jobs across America, according to a new analysis by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). In addition, it could provide sustained economic... read more
March 14, 2017
How do you engage citizens when most of them don't have time or interest in attending local government meetings?
March 14, 2017
The smartest cities are those that build resilience into their design and structure. Devex spoke to two engineers to find out how digital technology tools can help. The global population is projected to reach 10 billion by 2060 and the majority will live in cities, according to the United Nations.
March 10, 2017
For the first time ever, the annual conference is focusing on finding private solutions to public problems. We're reporting straight from the scene.
March 10, 2017
The report card is in, and U.S. infrastructure is almost flunking. The American Society of Civil Engineers on Thursday assigned a grade of "D+" to the quality of U.S. roads, bridges and other infrastructure in a closely-watched assessment that the group publishes every four years.
March 09, 2017
Sitting in the middle of a business park parking lot, two brightly colored buses stood ready to transport people to their destinations, not so unordinary. What was exceptional about these particular shuttles was a distinct lack of a steering wheel and pedals of any kind.
March 08, 2017
Building a smart city requires strong leadership as much as it needs involved citizens. Even the best projects will fail without community buy-in and stakeholder engagement, after all. With this in mind, the upcoming Smart Cities NYC will focus on the intersection of smart city technology and urban... read more
March 08, 2017
An Atlanta company has started up a $10 million data center in Chattanooga, deciding to locate the facility here due to EPB's smart grid and the city's proximity to major fiber lines.
March 08, 2017
Four geographic corridors in the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are set to undergo an urban redesign for resilience, courtesy of the winners of the Fourth Regional Plan Design Competition.
March 07, 2017
When residents of the small former mining towns of Wilkeson and Carbonado in the shadow of Mount Rainier call for police help, it's not the town marshal who responds. In fact, neither community has a police department or jail. Instead, it's the patrol division of the Buckley Police Department that... read more
March 02, 2017
The United States’ infrastructure is in need, and public-private partnerships are shaping up to be the solution. Already favored by the current administration, P3s are complex deals that, if properly planned and executed, can update vital infrastructure while saving governments and taxpayers money.
March 02, 2017
Meeting of 15 agencies is initial step in developing proposals No decisions have been made on funding or financing options President Donald Trump's administration will convene a meeting of at least 15 federal agencies Thursday as a first government-wide step toward crafting the president's $1... read more
February 28, 2017
If you have something you’d like to say to a gathering of civic-minded urban innovators, now could be your chance. Speaker proposals for this year’s Smart City Expo World Congress are being accepted through an extended deadline of March 19. Held annually in Barcelona, the Smart City Expo World... read more
February 27, 2017
Trump has pledged to spend $1 trillion on U.S. infrastructure Administration wants to tap private sector funds for projects The White House is working on plans for improving U.S. transportation and other key structures, but agreeing on how to pay for expensive new projects won't be easy,... read more
February 22, 2017
This program from Scranton Gillette Communications and Meeting of the Minds explores the position of Public Private Partnerships for Transportation (P3s) in the modern infrastructure portfolio. This second panel identifies smart P3 strategies to employ and the pitfalls to avoid.
February 21, 2017
Though consumers may not know it, smart technology has already begun to influence urban infrastructure. One major utility that has seen significant changes in the wave of smart city development is energy, as the smart grid has enabled more efficient, environmentally friendly and cost-effective... read more
February 22, 2017
The majority of respondents said they expect the same (or higher) quality from government digital services as they do from commercial organizations.
February 21, 2017
Can you define what a "smart city" means for where you live? Neither can many of your local and state officials - but they will tell you that's the kind of city they want to create. Generally, a smart city is one that uses uses data, applications and technology to help people and goods move more... read more
February 17, 2017
One New Jersey nonprofit is putting a green spin on the civic tech competition. Sustainable Jersey recently launched Coding for Community, a contest that will pair at least 100 coders, programmers and designers with local municipalities seeking tech solutions to their environmental woes.
February 16, 2017
Calling all those who have something to say about smart city development: The National Coordination Office for Networking and Information Technology Research and Development is asking for public comment on its smart city model policy.
February 16, 2017
2017 is expected to be a big year for artificial intelligence, with use cases across a wide range of connected use cases and network applications. AI is largely seen as the full realization of what big data, analytics and automation have been moving towards - a fuller implementation of machine... read more
February 15, 2017
Even as cities are taking a more proactive approach to data, certain fields of infrastructure remain siloed and unanalyzed.  Assets beneath the ground are one such blind spot. To remedy this, the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) is asking for support on a concept development study (CDS) focusing on... read more
February 15, 2017
With questions about Trump's infrastructure plans in the backdrop, a group of experts discussed public-private partnership deals at an event in Washington, D.C. on Monday. Many governments and investors remain circumspect toward one another when it comes to deals that involve using private money to... read more
February 10, 2017
Think government could be doing a better job with its digital communications? You're not alone. Most in government think so too, at least according to one recent survey. Among city and county workers, only 5 percent rated their agencies "outstanding" in effective citizen engagement.
February 10, 2017
To foster the ongoing conversation around the potential of technological innovation, global network Digital Leaders hosted their annual summit in Luxembourg this past week. The two-day event assembled thought leaders from the public, private and academic sectors to discuss how to take advantage of... read more
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